Truthfully, I like base training. I like riding as much as I can, recovering and doing it again the next day. I like eating 5000 calories a day and not sweating it. I like listening to almost two whole Phish shows on a ride. I like the fatigue that my legs feel, but I like the thought of letting them rest a little, adding a little intensity, getting that snap back and racing even more. The one thing I that I haven't been liking too much lately is the bitter cold and wind. I pretty much put a completely flat 2000 miles of non-stop pedaling in over in IL before I start doing some hills and getting on the mountain bike again. Lately it's been 4 hour out and backs and the wind has been so bad I'll cruise at 26 mph most of the way up and struggle to churn it over at 15 mph on the way back. It hurts my knees, calves and lower back, but I push on, thinking it will make me stronger.
Tomorrow I'm going to dip my feet into phase 2 and have some fun, open up the legs a little and ride my new mtb for the first time off road. A little Rim Wrecker recon in 60 degree weather should do the trick. I'm shooting for 3 laps at close to 4 hours, but have a feeling Mexican and margaritas will win over after 2. A little Council Bluff man trip with Albert, Drewballs and Trey Grothoff will be the kick off to my mid week mini vacation. Thursday Casey and I are going to see Ryan Adams in Columbia and party it up a little bit. She scored a sweet free night at the Marriott in Columbia which beats the hell out of the whorehouse we stayed in for the 2006 Missouri State Championship Road Race. Might be a little tougher to score some crack rock at the Marriott though.
I guess it's about time to start riding some hills, too.